Summer Institute for the Gifted - Stamford, CT

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The goal of SIG is to provide an exceptional three week experience by creating a community of student learners who share common interests, abilities, and goals. It is a team responsibility to promote a safe environment where students can grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Each SIG course is designed to employ a creative methodology in which the instructor asks questions requiring students to think carefully about and research their responses; this questioning will determine the direction that the course takes. SIG courses should culminate in a final student presentation that requires the synthesis and evaluation of their newfound knowledge. The goal is less about covering content and more about providing meaningful connections between student interests and the overarching course concepts. This type of methodology can be employed in every SIG course, including the arts and recreation courses. SIG courses require thought and planning to execute, as well as flexibility on the part of the instructor to take the course in different directions in order to meet the needs of the students. Instructors must complete the planning and research for course preparation outside of class time. Instructors are required to participate in one Saturday orientation the weekend before the first class. Additional training will be provided prior to the start of the SIG session through webinars, as well as throughout the SIG session through faculty meetings. Instructors are required to participate in some weekend events, such as parent day and the final ceremony. There are pre and post camp responsibilities related to orientation meetings, course planning and student evaluations from all instructors.

Instructors report to the Academic Dean. Students are ages 9-17 except for Princeton and Yale which are ages 13-17. Instructor lodging is not provided and this position is expected to commute daily.

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree, (master's degree or equivalent preferred)
  • A minimum of three years' teaching experience required (with gifted students preferred)
  • Provides academic support in instructor's specialized area of knowledge or study
  • Demonstrates experience with and knowledge of the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students
  • Specialized experience or study in the subject and content area of the courses selected to instruct
  • Provides positive leadership through sharing and demonstrating academic knowledge, promotes teamwork, and provides a visionary perspective in their instruction
  • Interacts in a professional manner
  • Develops detailed unit plans that explain methods used to implement the course goals and objectives; submits unit plans to the Academic Dean two weeks prior to the first day of instruction.
  • Submits a budget request form to the Academic Dean at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Implements individualized daily instruction based upon the unique abilities of each student providing for the appropriate, intellectually stimulating academic environment.
  • Helps each student to create an individual objective for the class and creates an individualized instructor objective for each student within the first three days of class.
  • Communicates issues regarding the students' academic progress to students and staff.
  • Monitors, counsels, coaches, and disciplines inappropriate behavior of students in the academic setting; communicates issues related to absenteeism and tardiness to the Academic Dean.
  • Coordinates with the Academic Dean and teaching assistants to supervise classroom and program effectively.
  • Attends all Instructor meetings for the program, including pre-program training, orientation and faculty meetings.
  • Attends and meets with parents at the Parent Visitation Day (Sunday 9:00 – 11:00 am).
  • Maintains a dialogue with the Academic Dean on any student(s) who may be having difficulty in class.
  • Submits an evaluation on the performance of teaching assistants.
  • Attends the Final Program Ceremony on the last day of the session.
  • Submits a final, professional assessment of each student on the computerized web interface at least two days prior to the closing ceremony.